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CQC BUILDAPALOOZA building session Thursday evening Jan. 18 – Be there!

Colorado QRP Club BUILDAPALOOZA participants will be meeting Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6:00 p.m. at the QTH of club member Bob Carver, 4097 S Logan St., Englewood CO, to work on the projects, ask questions, get construction tips, and generally talk smart.

Unbuilt Transceiver Kit

Unbuilt Kit – Ready to go!

All are welcome: club members and non members. Bring your BUILDAPALOOZA projects, questions, and ideas. They do not have to be completed, or even started.

BUILDAPALOOZA participants are at various stages in their amateur radio building projects – completed, mid-way, and shipping package still unopened.

The club’s BUILDAPALOOZA project runs through the end of March 2018. Participants will be eligible for prizes, which will be announced in the near future.

The project is designed to encourage hams to build something for their ham shack – a transceiver, transmitter, receiver, or shack accessory.

Please join us Thursday evening. We will be meeting in Bob’s woodworking shop at his home QTH. At that time, we will discuss future gatherings to work together on projects.


Recommended Buildapalooza Transceiver Kit: OHR100A from Oak Hills Research


Recommended Buildapalooza Transceiver Kit: PFR-3B from



CQC MINUTES 111817 – Addendum 1

CQC MINUTES 111817 – Addendum 1
Minutes – Regular Membership Meeting
November 18, 2017


VIA EMAIL from Treasurer, Roger Wendell WBØJNR:

CQC Treasurer’s report for 11-18-2017

Checking $ 100.00
Savings $ 2,552.90
Total $ 2,652.90

Submitted by: Dick Schneider, ABØCD, CQC Secretary


Minutes – Regular Membership Meeting
November 18, 2017
Koelbel Public Library (Arapahoe Libraries)
5955 S Holly St, Centennial, CO 80121

Officers Present: Ed Comfort KCØZLR, President; Scott Garcia KØFRP, Vice President; Dick Schneider ABØCD, Secretary; Roger Wendell WBØJNR, Treasurer

Total attendees: 11

Meeting called to order by President Ed Comfort at 10:30 a.m.


Treasurer, Roger Wendell WBØJNR said he did not have a precise financial print out, but said the club’s combined checking and savings account balances totaled approximately $2,600, which is down slightly from the historical balance, due mainly to a change in the club’s dues structure from $10 per year to $5 for life. He said he planned to email a precise Treasurer’s report to club officers.


Secretary, Dick Schneider ABØCD, reported that the previous meeting was the club annual picnic at the Genesee Mountain Park. No business was conducted. Attendance was sparse, but consisted of a small group of hard core club stalwarts, two of whom had arrived early to hike to the top of Genesee “Mountain” – a SOTA peak – to put it on the air before picnic festivities began. Weather was cool and we experienced a bit of rain, but a goodly quantity of both meated and unmeated hot dogs were grilled and packed away into empty bellies. The horseshoe tournament was postponed.


Fox Hunt. Marshall Emm N1FN reported that the winter 40/80 meter fox hunts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings were underway. Too bad the bands were not cooperating. He said the foxes and hounds would take a break during Thanksgiving week. We are anxiously awaiting the season’s first complaint about the savage nature of fox hunts.

Field Day. Scott Garcia KØFRP. No extensive discussion. However, there appeared to be a consensus that the club would return to member Jim Moravec NØCOT’s spread out near Strasburg east of the Queen City of the Plains for the 2018 event. Final plans are still to be determined.

Buildapalooza. Dick Schneider ABØCD. Dick reported that the Buildapalooza was underway and a number of club members have signed up and reported what they planned to work on over the 2017-2018 building season. He said he took 25 Buildapalooza flyers to the 285 Tech Connect Radio Club’s 2017 Techfest, where he presented the club’s QRP 101 basic course module, and all but two were taken by attendees. He said updates would be posted on the club’s Elektrik newsletter, The Low Down (; PLEASE SUBSCRIBE!), and the club’s website (

The Low Down. Dick Schneider ABØCD, editor. Dick recommended that members subscribe to The Low Down, which is located online at That way new postings will be emailed to subscribers. He also solicited articles and announcements for the newsletter. The Low Down is now in the form of a WordPress Blog/Website and is no longer being sent out via snailmail in an analog form factor. The current rendition of the newsletter is manufactured exclusively from recycled electrons and light emissions on computer screens, so no trees or Japanese pine beetles are ever harmed in its publication. Individual members, however, can print out articles from The Low Down. We recommend using printers that utilize recycled paper made from old pop bottles and toner or ink fashioned from discarded soft drinks at Broncos and Rockies games.


Colorado Repeater Association repeaters. Ed Comfort KCØZLR reporters that the CRA had completed is relocation of the 147.225 repeater, further south than its older location, and that it was once again available for the club’s weekly 2-meter net on Monday evenings at 8:00 p.m. MST. However, several members said the temporary CRA repeater, 145.460 worked better than the new 147.225 repeater. It was agreed to keep the net on the 145.460 repeater until further notice. That repeater is linked to the 147.225 machine, as well as several others, so some of the members south of the metro area might be better off using the 147.225 repeater for the net.


Colorado Repeater Association membership. The issue arose regarding CQC membership in the CRA, since it has used its repeaters for nets for many years. While individual CRA membership has always been promoted by the club, club treasurer Roger Wendell WBØJNR raised the question: should CQC officially join the CRA? Club officers agreed it would be a good idea and authorized Roger to make arrangements to join CRA.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved at 11:00 a.m.


James Kretzschmar AE7AX from Cheyenne, Wyoming, presented an informative educational module on getting started in homebrew construction. The presentation featured his recently built homebrew 40-meter CW transceiver and homebrew test equipment. The 10-watt transmitter section uses six switched crystals for frequency control. The seven-transistor direct conversion receiver utilizes three of the semi-conductors for the mixer/detector, two for the oscillator, and two for the audio amplifier. The presentation covered schematics for the rig, construction techniques, where to find parts, and the joy of homebrewing.


QRP hams are always hungry, so members trekked over to Panera Bread on the other side of Holly Street for chow and the swapping of more exaggerated stories.

Submitted by: Dick Schneider, ABØCD, CQC Secretary

Homebrewing Featured at Next CQC Meeting Nov. 11

Saturday, November 18th, 2017 10:30 a.m.
Koelbel Library
5995 South Holly Street, Centennial, CO 80121

You don’t have to be a member. Everyone is welcome!

James Kretzschmar AE7AX will be traveling all the way from Cheyenne, Wyoming, to discuss homebrew construction. The presentation will feature his recently built homebrew 40-meter CW transceiver. The 10-watt transmitter section uses six switched crystals for frequency control. The seven-transistor direct conversion receiver utilizes three of the semi-conductors for the mixer/detector, two for the oscillator, and two for the audio amplifier. The presentation will include discussion of schematics for the rig, construction techniques, and the joy of homebrewing.

Our meetings usually end with an optional luncheon at a nearby southeast Metro area restaurant for a lot of fun chat and chow!


285 TechFest Sat. Nov 11 – BE THERE!

One of the best ham radio deals in Colorado is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Lakewood — the annual 285 Tech Connect Radio Club’s TechFest.

The TechFest boasts five hours of presentations on technical topics related to amateur radio, plus a “demo corner” where club members show off some of their operating technology. All for only ten bucks!

This educational feast runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a 1-hour break for lunch. The TechFest presentation lineup includes these speakers and topics:

  • KØNA – Larry Weinstein: Practical Tricks with Transformers
  • NØCU – Bill Leonard: Transmission Lines as Impedance Transformers
  • W6OAV – Bill Rinker: Small Magnetic Transmitting Loops Demystified
  • ACØKQ – Willem Schreüder: Raspberry Pi Software Defined Radio
  • ABØCD – Dick Schneider: QRP 101 – The Basics

Doors open for registration at 8:00AM. Cash on the dash. No time for pre-registration. For morning talk-in, we’ll be using the 145.145 CRA Repeater.

So be there! It’s at the Lakewood Elks Lodge, 1455 Newland Street, Lakewood, CO, in the upstairs dining room. Refreshments will be available. You are on your own for lunch.


Kit Building – Homebrewing – Elmering – Prizes – On Air Event

WHY WHY WHY? — In a world gone mad with high-tech prebuilt gear, The CQC Buildapalooza is an event designed to encourage CQC members to:

  • Build their own gear
  • Place those projects into service
  • Elmer hams to enhance construction skills
  • Increase participation in the hobby

WHEN? — The club sponsored event will take place over the 2017-2018 winter season, beginning November 15, 2017, and ending March 31, 2018.

WHERE? — Everywhere! BUILDAPALOOZA IS LOCAL – The club plans to secure a local building site in the Denver metro area (TBA). BUILDAPALOOZA IS GLOBAL – Most participants will be building their projects at their own benches in their own shacks, anywhere on Planet Earth.

ELMERINGBuilders will be Elmered directly at the Denver area Buildapalooza location and through distanced learning via email and blogs.

RECOMMENDED MAJOR KITS — The club is suggesting two top notch 5-watt QRP transceiver kits: the Oak Hills 100A (1 band of your choice: 80, 40, 30, 20, or 15 meters) and the PFR-3 Trail-ready CW Transceiver (3 bands 40-30-20 meters). Experienced builders of each of these radios will be available for Elmering questions.

OHR-100A      PFR-3B

DO YOU HAVE TO BUILD THESE KITS? NO NO NO — Buildapalooza participants can build ANY KIT THEY WISH. The club has suggested a few alternative transceiver, transmitter, receiver, and accessory kits. Or, pick one of your own that is not on the club’s list. Scratch built projects are also eligible. The club just wants YOU to build something related to amateur radio and put it into service. More information can be found at WWW.CQCLOWDOWN.ORG and WWW.COLORADOQRPCLUB.ORG. 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? — Colorado QRP Club members with a CQC number, OLD AND NEW. This means any of the 1,000 PLUS hams that currently have a CQC number. NOT A MEMBER? It is easy to join through the club’s website WWW.COLORADOQRPCLUB.ORG. Our dues are QRP as well, $5 for a lifetime membership. JOIN THE COLORADO QRP CLUB.

PRIZES!!! — The Club will be providing prizes awarded by drawing registered participants’ names out of a hat, similar to hamfest door prizes. The club will secure an independent third party to draw names. No additional fees are required for this. Colorado QRP Club officers or Executive Board members ARE NOT eligible to receive prizes.

CQC BUILDAPALOOZA ON AIR EVENT — The club will sponsor an on-air event after the Buildapalooza completion date, sometime in Spring of 2018. Builders can put their rigs or accessories on the air for extra points. This will be a QRP event, 5 watts or less. Stay tuned for more details.


NOTE: Details subject to change as planning progresses, but let us know your interest ASAP – CQC

CQC will post other kit options AND suggestions at WWW.CQCLOWDOWN.ORG (this blog) and WWW.COLORADOQRPCLUB.ORG





Monday Night Net Moves to 145.460

The Colorado QRP Club’s Monday night net will meet on a different Colorado Repeater Association frequency – the 145.460 (107.2 Hz tone) machine – until further notice. The time will remain the same, 8:00 pm Mountain Time.

After 35 years, the CRA is moving from its Conifer repeater site due to the construction of a new tower, and the 147.225 repeater will be temporarily out of service.

“We will temporarily shut off the Conifer repeaters on Saturday, September 16th, and return them to operation at their new site as soon as possible,” the CRA reports on its official website, W0CRA.ORG. “The location of our new site will be announced soon.”

The 145.460 repeater is located on Eldorado Mountain southwest of Boulder at an elevation of 8,300 feet. 145.460 is linked to 145.160 in Colorado Springs, so the system works as it did but without 147.225.





Minutes – Regular Membership Meeting
July 15, 2017
Smokey Hill Public Library (Arapahoe Libraries)
5430 S Biscay Cir, Centennial, CO 80015

Officers Present: Ed Comfort KCØZLR, President; Scott Garcia KØFRP, Vice President; Dick Schneider ABØCD, Secretary

Total attendees: 11

Meeting called to order by President Ed Comfort at 10:50 a.m.


Tabled. Treasurer, Roger Wendell WBØJNR was out of the country.


Dick Schneider ABØCD. Reading of the minutes for the May 13, 2017, meeting were dispensed with and approved with no objection.


Fox Hunt. Marshall Emm N1FN reported that the summer 20 meter fox hunt was up and running. He recapped the fox hunt for those unfamiliar with the popular weekly contest. Marshall also introduced his visiting grandson, Robert Lopez.

Field Day. Scott Garcia KØFRP. The casual, Aloha, Field Day site was located at Jim Moravec NØCOT’s ranch east of Strasburg CO. The crew set up Jim’s cellphone on wheels (COW) tower which was used to support wire antennas. Club operated in the 3A Battery class. Pete reported that 20 meters CW sounded pretty good, but signals were blasted away when sideband and digital operations commenced. We may consider band filters in the future. Pictures on the club’s website, About 10 adults and youth operated. For next year, we might consider a more competitive site with a GOTA station for casual operations.


Club Build Project. Discussion lead by Dick Schneider ABØCD. General options included a transceiver kit, a receiver kit, or an accessory kit. Consensus leaned toward a transceiver kit in the $100-$200 price range, with a receiver kit next, then an accessory kit. Scott brought up the notion of two builds, a main project and an accessory. President Ed Comfort appointed Dick, Scott, Pete to pick project and develop a plan for the effort.



A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved at 11:35 a.m.


Informal Show N Tell, focusing on QRP rigs.


Followed the meeting

Submitted by: Dick Schneider, ABØCD, CQC Secretary





Colorado QRP Club
Minutes – Executive Board Meeting
June 15, 2017
Smokey Hill Library, Study Room 3
5430 S Biscay Cir.
Centennial, CO 80015

Board Members Present: Ed Comfort KC0ZLR, President; Dick Schneider AB0CD, Secretary; Roger Wendell WB0JNR, Treasurer (by phone), Marshall Emm N1FN, Club Station Trustee.

Meeting called to order by President Ed Comfort at 7:00 p.m.


FIELD DAY. Location is set for the QTH of Jim Moravec N0COT at his ranch east of Strasburg, CO. Scott Garcia has arranged for one portapottie at a fee of $125, which the club will cover. Roger said he would handle the financial;s on the pottie invoice. Marshall reported that there will be no club provided food, but Jim will have 3 grills available for cooking. We do not know about water availability. Roger said he would look for a site map to post on the club’s website. Ed said he would contact Scott regarding antennas.

ACTION — Board authorized payment for the portpottie.

MEETING LOCATION. Roger said he would contact a new member who had mentioned he had possible meeting space at his place of work, in the northern Denver suburbs.

ACTION — In the meantime, Roger secured the Smokey Hill Library Meeting Room A for the July club meeting. 5430 S Biscay Cir., Centennial, CO 80015

CLUB BUILD PROJECT. Ed said he could like to initiate a club build project. He said he recently saw the presentation for Shel Radin’s (KF0UR) homebrew vertical antenna at the Wyoming Hamvention and suggested it as a possible project. Roger suggested a small transmitter. Dick suggested a receiver. Marshal mentioned several basic regen reciver kits were available.

ACTION – Table until next meeting. Ask for project suggestions from club members via the website and the Low Down.

LOW DOWN SCHEDULE. Ed wondered how the online newsletter would work, whether there would be actual issues or just blog postings. Dick presented the current setup as the latter: articles, news items, photos, etc. Would be posted as they came in. Each posting has tags that automatically sort them into categories which appear in the right column (e.g., operating, antennas, etc.). Members can subscribe to the newsletter, which is in the form of a WordPress blog at, and receive an email each time a new item is posted. Dick plans to explore a more sophisticated template for the future (making it more like a news site), but, for now, the basic blog approach is being implemented. Dick suggested putting a list together of club member email addresses and subscribing them en masse. Members would not be spammed under this approach, Dick said, because each one still must confirm the subscription. Also, Ed wondered about posting old Low Downs online.

ACTION — Dick and Roger (who has the membership database) figure out how to subscribe members en masse. Dick will look into scanning old Low Downs and organizing electronic versions of old Low Downs to post online.

JULY 15 PROGRAM. Ed acquired the powerpoint presentation of a Cheyenne, WY ham on homebrewing at the Wyoming Hamvention. He said he might be able to present the material at the next regular club meeting, or entice the Wyoming ham to come down and do it.

ACTION — Ed will look into arranging one version or another of the homebrewing presentation.

CQC-SPONSORED CONTESTS. Ed wanted to review the contests and discuss ways to make them effective. It was acknowledged that the number of logs submitted was very low and participation was minimal. The club sponsors three contests during the year: the Colorado Gold Rush, a summer 2-hour CW sprint on 20 meters; the Colorado Snow Shoe Run, a winter 2-hour CW sprint on 20 meters; the Colorado Winter QSO Party, a multi-band, multi-mode contest. Roger said he has streamlined the sprint rules to make it “quick, easy, and fun.” He said he cut back the exchange to RST/SPC with 1 point per contact, and 5 points for contacting club stations W0CQC or N0CQC.

ACTION — All board members were charged with coming up with ideas to promote the contests and secure volunteers to operate the two club stations during the sprints.

COMMITTEE STRUCTURE. The board reorganized the club’s committee structure as follows:

Communications Committee
Chair: Vince Kumagai KI0RB
Functions: Manage social media, public relations, and other duties as determined by the Committee Chair, Executive Board, or President

Low Down Editor: Dick Schneider AB0CD
Functions: Manage, write, edit, publish the club newsletter and manage the newsletter website,

Field Day Committee
Chair: Scott Garcia K0FRP
Functions: Manage club field day operations

Contest and Awards Committee
Chair: Jim Pope KG0PP
Functions: Manage club-sponsored operating contests (the Great Colorado Gold Rush sprint, the Colorado Snow Shoe sprint, the Winter Colorado QSO Party) and manage club operating and participation awards.

Fox Hunt Coordinator: Marshall Emm N1FN
Function: Manage the Winter (40/80 meters) and the Summer (20 meters) Fox hunts and special events relating to the Fix Hunts

Elmer Coordinator: Frank Ivan K0FEI
Function: Coordinate Elmer projects such as answering technical questions and arranging for antenna parties

Club Station Trustee: Marshall Emm N1FN
Function: Act as trustee for ARS W0CQC and N0CQC

Webmaster: Roger Wendell W0JNR
Function: Manage the club’s main website,

ACTION — All board members were charged with touching base with the committee chairs to make sure they want the assignments and to solicit committee participation from the membership.


MERCHANDISE & MARKETING. Marshall brought up the possibility of setting uop a Cafe Press account for the club as a vehicle for marketing coffee mugs, shirts, patches, decals, and other logo items. The club would receive a cut of each sale without the need to front a large production run. Marshall also said he would like to see an updated CQC brochure that he would include with each order he send out from Morse Express. Dick mentioned at VE groups often give new licensees or upgraders brochures on various ham radio clubs, so this would be another vehicle for promoting club membership. ACTION — Dick and Marshall would look into Cafe Press as well as an update on the brochure.

CLUB DUES. Marshall brought up the possibility of dropping club membership dues altogether, a common trend among QRP clubs. Currently, the club charges $5 for a lifetime membership. Roger thought it was worth keeping the $5 fee to provide some sort of “value” measurement for club membership. However, he was not opposed to dropping the fee altogether if a majority of the board so desired. Dick explained that in the past almost all the funds raised by membership fees went into publishing and mailing the club’s newsletter, The Low Down. Since the club is trying an online version again, the costs have been drastically reduced (annual domain name and monthly hosting fees only). Marshall said Vince Kumagai raised several hundred dollars annually by selling donated items at select hamfests. Also, Dick suggested keeping a “pickle jar” prominently at all club events — meetings, chat and chews, Field Day, etc. For members to donate to cover expenses. Roger reported that th club has a little over $3,000 in the bank, and that annual operating expenses are now running around $500. No vote was taken on the current $5 lifetime membership fee. ACTION — Further explore dropping the $5 fee, upping pickle jar efforts, increase support for Vince’s hamfest garage sale, and seeing what the Cafe Press initiative might generate.


A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved at 9:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Dick Schneider, AB0CD, CQC Secretary


Minutes – Regular Membership Meeting/Annual Meeting
May 13, 2017
Sheridan Public Library (Arapahoe Libraries)
3425 W Oxford Ave, Denver, CO 80236


Officers Present: Scott Garcia K0FRP, President; Ed Comfort KC0ZLR, Vice President; Dick Schneider AB0CD, Secretary; Roger Wendell WB0JNR, Treasurer

Total attendees: 12

Meeting called to order by President Scott Garcia 10:55 a.m. Colorado QRP Club


Scott Garcia K0FRP. Good and bad moments with bad band conditions. Fox hunts have been challenging this year. Busy year for me. Field Day site has been lined up at Jim Moravec NØCOT’s ranch out near Strasburg CO, somewhat up on a hill, about 50 minutes east of Denver. Thanks to all the officers and folks who helped out the club and donated items for Vince’s hamfest garage sale. Jim Pope KG0PP and Vince Kumagai KI0RB represented the club well at the hamfests. There were several good presentations at CQC meetings during the year, including Vince’s talk on rehabing an old radios. A lot of the info is posted on the website. Dick got the new web based newsletter set up at A grounding presentation we had a while back was very good, more specific than what you find in the handbook.


Roger Wendell WB0JNR. Bank balance: $3,144.88 in checking and savings combined. The balanced has stabilized somewhat since the club is not spending money on postage and printing for the Low Down paper version. Treasurer’s report accepted with no objections. There ensured a discussion on raising money for the club. Now action taken.


Dick Schneider AB0CD. Reading of the minutes for the March 11, 2017, meeting were dispensed with and approved with no objection.


The regular meeting was adjourned temporarily by acclamation.


Minutes – Annual Membership Meeting & Elections

May 13, 2017
Sheridan Public Library (Arapahoe Libraries)
3425 W Oxford Ave, Denver, CO 80236

The Annual CQC Meeting called to order by Marshall Emm N1FN at 11:20 a.m.

Marshall Emm, as chairman of the Nominating Committee, officially declared that all offices of the Colorado QRP Club are vacant.

Marshall then presented one slate of candidates for officers during the next year. These were:

Ed Comfort KC0ZLR, President; Scott Garcia K0FRP, Vice President; Dick Schneider AB0CD, Secretary; Roger Wendell WB0JNR, Treasurer

Marshall called for nominations from the floor. None were offered.

Marshall called for the question and the new officers were elected by acclamation.


A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved at 11:30 a.m.



The regular meeting was reconvened by the new president Ed Comfort KC0ZLR at 11:301 a.m.




Meeting Space. Roger Wendell is looking for a permanent meeting space. In the meantime, the club will meet at available libraries in the metro area, locations to be announced.

Build Project. Ed Comfort said he would like to see the development of a club build project in the future and asked members for ideas. To be discussed at next Executive Board meeting.


Fox Hunt. Marshall Emm N1FN. Thanked all for participation in the winter fox hunts. 80 still outperformed 40 meters. Started request for summer 20 meter. Needs 10 foxes. The summer foxhunts will begin after Field Day and run for 10 weeks.

Field Day. Scott Garcia K0FRP. Field Day site has been lined up at Jim Moravec NØCOT’s ranch east of Strasburg CO. Operating class as yet not determined. It will probably be an Aloha (casual) site. Possible Get On The Air station. Anyone can come out to operate, licensed or unlicensed.

The Low down. Dick Schneider AB0CD. Brief report. Website is up. Articles and news will be posted later in the summer. More thoughts to be developed on content, notifications, etc. However, Dick noted anyone can subscribe to the site and receive in their email any new item posted.


A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved at 11:50 a.m.


Shel Radin KF0UR. National Parks On The Air.


Followed the meeting

Submitted by: Dick Schneider, AB0CD, CQC Secretary